Cops slammed for not lodging case on Bhushan CD
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 22:46
New Delhi: The city police was on Tuesday slammed by a Delhi court for not registering a corruption case despite finding the controversial CD, having alleged telephonic talks among advocate Shanti Bhushan and politicians Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh, to be genuine.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav pulled up the police saying it has resorted to "self-confessed powerlessness because of obvious reasons" for not registering the case.

"The FIR is not the Bible or charter of investigation. This is self-confessed powerlessness because of obvious reasons," shot back CMM Yadav as counsel for the police contended it had lodged the FIR (on CD controversy) only to check the authenticity of the CD.

"What is the point in filing the cancellation report? You (Delhi Police) said the CD has been found genuine. Then, you should have probed the contents," said the court.

The court was hearing the arguments on Bhushan's petition challenging the police report's seeking cancellation of his (Bhushan's) complaint which described the CD, containing his alleged conversations with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh, as "fabricated" and sought registration of a criminal case for allegedly forging the CD.

"What you have done is preliminary investigation into the authenticity of the CD. Armed with an opinion that the CD is genuine, you could have filed an FIR under Prevention of Corruption Act. Who stopped you from registering a further FIR when the CDs were found genuine?" said CMM Yadav.

"Was the Investigating Officer so helpless as not to go into the alleged conspiracy?" he added.


First Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 22:46

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